Letter from Charles S. Peirce to his mother Sarah Mills Peirce
(Steamer Suevia, 14.09.1877)

Spanish translation & annotations


Sep 14. 1877

My dearest mother,

So far my voyage has been delightful. The steamer is beautiful, I have plenty of room, there are only five first cabin passengers in all, and the weather has been perfect except that it is a little too warm. Last night the steamer seemed to be infested with mosquitoes of which I killed some twenty in my room this morning but I hope they have gone now. One of the great things about this line is the eating which is really delicious &


most appetizing. I wonder at the German cooking being as good as it is. They are an overrated people intellectually; their science & philosophy & literature tell the same story of dullness. Their strength is in a very strong & honest emotional nature, naïve, rather sensuous, entirely single-minded. They are total failures in painting and architecture, indifferent in sculpture and poetry, full of originality depth & Gemuth? in music and cookery. Their cookery hasn't the grace nor the aimiable gayety of the French, but it has an emo-

tional richness all its own. We have five meals a day on board. I haven't counted the courses but should not venture to rate the average number per meal above twenty so that I have as yet not renewed my acquaintance with above a hundred of my favorite German dishes. I may mention however the morning cup of bouillon, pickled beets, potato salad of the very best, string beans, peas, (two things never tasted in America except in a wretched parody of the real things), boiled potatoes —which I haven't seen good for many a long day— the same yellow


(don't think I mean sweet potatoes) fish with clear sauce, roast duck with compote, German salad of lettuce, the same of cucumber, ragout of lamb, German beef steak, sausages, (no sauer kolh yet I regret to say), frische hering, pumpernickel, torte of various kinds, etc., etc., etc.

So far the postholes open & no smells about the ship. Not one whiff of oily steam yet. Everything as clean as a pin.

I have tried awfully hard to work over my logic but with no great success so far. I have done a little computation but am too hot for logic I fear. If this weather only continues I shall make a great effort tomorrow. Love to Father & all. Your loving,





Transcriptio by Max Fisch, revised by Sara Barrena (2017)
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Proyecto de investigación "La correspondencia del tercer viaje europeo de Charles S. Peirce (septiembre-noviembre 1877)"

Fecha del documento: 22 de diciembre 2017
Última actualización: 22 de diciembre 2017

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